Kusuriya no Hitorigoto

The Apothecary Diaries

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The Pharmacist's Monologue, Drugstore Soliloquy
Japanese: 薬屋のひとりごと
English: The Apothecary Diaries
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Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 22, 2023 to Mar 24, 2024
Premiered: Fall 2023
Broadcast: Sundays at 01:05 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Genres: DramaDrama, MysteryMystery
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, MedicalMedical
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.911 (scored by 192651192,651 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #202
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #574
Members: 400,381
Favorites: 10,513

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Maomao, an apothecary's daughter, has been plucked from her peaceful life and sold to the lowest echelons of the imperial court. Now merely a maid, Maomao settles into her new mundane life and hides her extensive knowledge of medicine in order to avoid any unwanted attention.

Not long after Maomao's arrival, the emperor's infant children inexplicably begin to experience grave symptoms—almost as if a curse has been cast. The curious Maomao easily solves the mystery and, to remain out of the limelight, attempts to leave an anonymous tip. Unfortunately, the dashing and perceptive eunuch Jinshi sees through it and manages to single her out.

In recognition of her talent, Maomao is promoted to lady-in-waiting for the emperor's favorite concubine, Gyokuyou. As Maomao continues to remedy the numerous ailments afflicting the imperial court, her pharmaceutical expertise quickly proves indispensable.

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Kusuriya no Hitorigoto was released on Blu-ray in four volumes from January 24, 2024, to July 17, 2024.

Characters & Voice Actors


Yuuki, Aoi


Ootsuka, Takeo


Tanezaki, Atsumi

Kan, Lakan

Kirimoto, Takuya


Konishi, Katsuyuki


Han, Megumi


Ishikawa, Yui




Kaida, Yuuko


Koshimizu, Ami



Opening Theme

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1: "Hana ni Natte (花になって)" by Ryokuoushoku Shakai (緑黄色社会) (eps 1-12)
2: "Ambivalent (アンビバレント)" by Uru (eps 13-24)

Ending Theme

1: "Aikotoba (アイコトバ)" by AiNA THE END (アイナ・ジ・エンド) (eps 1-12)
2: "Ai wa Kusuri (愛は薬)" by wacci (eps 13-24)


Mar 25, 2024
"The Apothecary Diaries" or "Kusuriya no Hitorigoto", an anime that pleasantly surprised me and, in my opinion, ranks among the best anime of 2023/2024. The anime is set in imperial China and tells the story of Maomao, who was kidnapped and taken to the emperor's palace. From there, we begin to learn more about her personality and traits, along with the unfolding of the story, revealing an intricate web of interconnected events and mysteries.

Technical Aspects:

Plot = 9.8/10

In my view, the anime presented no flaws in the plot. The way events connect and some mysteries are gradually unraveled shows meticulous and insightful writing. It's been a ...
Mar 24, 2024
Mixed Feelings
The Good:
This show get's a LOT right. The characters, the setting, the music, the colors, it's all loving crafted, animated, and produced. Like the many varied flowers found in both the Pleasure District and on the Rear Court, the overall feel and vibe of this anime is seductive, comforting, and alluring.

The Big Flaw:
Where does this show fall short then? Writing. Writing writing writing. Once past the opening episodes, the flaws of the writing starts to become pretty noticeable. It's not bad compared to other anime, just aggressively average.

Mystery Cases:
Some of the episodes follow a sort of episodic mystery-case style format which is a great ...
Mar 23, 2024
Have you ever seen the amount of anime that are power fantasies for men for the audience to self-insert into? Well, you don’t have to worry about that in this show, because this decided to do the “innovative” idea of making a power fantasy but for women, with Maomao serving very clearly as a Mary Sue to do this.

I mean, when you look at the conversation around this show, you see people being fine with the protagonist, which honestly confuses me, because this is the kind of show that, if it had a male protagonist, it would be rightfully called a self-insert power fantasy. The ...

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